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South Sudan president urges rebels to resume talks in independence day speech

Carl Odera / Reuters

South Sudan’s president on Wednesday called on rebels to resume peace talks as the country marked its third birthday with celebrations overshadowed by fighting that has killed thousands and brought it to the verge of famine.


Paradise Lost: Aerial Images of Deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest

Chelsea Matiash / The Wall Street Journal

Deforestation of the region has seen a drop of about 73% since 2004, according to data compiled by Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research, and despite a 28% uptick in 2013, Brazil is close to its 2020 goal of reducing deforestation by 80 percent from 1990 levels.


Signs of War

Chelsea J. Carter / CNN

Even people who aren’t in the line of fire in Iraq feel the effects of the chaos that has engulfed the country since extremists attacked weeks ago.


Civilian Casualties Surge in Afghanistan Fighting, U.N. Says

Azam Ahmed / The New York Times

Kabul, Afghanistan — Driven by increased ground combat between insurgents and government forces, civilian casualties in Afghanistan surged 24 percent through the first half of the year to their highest levels since 2009, according to the United Nations, in a grim signal of the way the war here is changing from the same period a year ago.


New Khamenei Demands Make Tough Iranian Nuke Talks Even Tougher

John Hudson and Colum Lynch / The Foreign Policy Machine

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has laid out an unusually detailed set of demands for what he would accept in a nuclear deal, further complicating the high-stakes efforts to reach an agreement before a July 20 deadline.


North Korea fires missiles into the sea


North Korea fired two short-range missiles off the coast of the Korean Peninsula early Wednesday, a South Korean Defense Ministry official said.



Louise Watt / Associated Press

China and the United States took small steps toward their shared goal of fighting climate change on Wednesday, but the world’s No. 1 and No. 2 carbon emitters remain significantly apart over a wider global plan to cut emissions.


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